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New research funding to support Manitoba’s Grain Innovation Hub

Nov. 17, 2014 - The federal government and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development are providing funding to enhance grain research, production and processing through three research projects.

The projects will receive $341,000 and support the goals of the Grain Innovation Hub, a framework announced by the ministers in May 2014 to make strategic investments in grain production, research and processing in Manitoba.

Projects will receive funding from the Growing Innovation - Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (GI-ARDI), and include:

- Validating food substitutes for cholesterol-lowering drugs (TM Therapeutics, $175,000);
- Measuring whether eating flaxseed can help people with high blood pressure (St. Boniface Research Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, $136,000); and
- Breeding buckwheat varieties with new characteristics and health benefits (ManCan Genetics Ltd., $30,000).

Project proponents and other stakeholders will also invest more than $865,700 in these three research projects.